We have an above ground pool that has been unused for 3 years. It is
not in good shape. We drained out all of the water except for about 3
inches. We had the pool guy come look at it to give an estimate to
clean it up and get it back in shape. Before he came he estimated
$45-50 (which I thought was low). He came and said for us to first
put water back in the pool. Now he wants to charge us $200 to pump
out that water! Does this make sense?
of course not. If it is a surprise to you then either his communciation
skills are piss poor or he is out to scam you. Either way will cost you
Mostly likely, he charges by the hour and that includes sitting around for the
pool to drain. If you keep him, find out exactly what you are to do, what
he will do, and get the total in writing.
Best suggestion: If you have a Harbor Freight close by; check item
#98342-1VGA. It is a small sump pump that will do the job for $40.00! Plus
should you need to drain the pool again foe any reason you have the pump on
hand. It is fairly slow as opposed to the "trash pump" that the pool "guy"
would use, but what is the hurry vs. hiring someone to do it at the $200.00
( which isn't too unreasonable). I have had one of these pumps for over 5
years and is still pumping when I need it <G> Look at Harbor Freight .com
( item # 98342-1VGA)
If you are in no particular hurry, siphon it out with a hose
The real question is why he wants it pumped out and why he had you
fill it in the first place. I think I would still be shopping for pool
guys before I wasted thousands of gallons of water..
On Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:16:08 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We siphoned it out the first time. We had already done that before I
called them because it seemed like the thing to do. I called them and
they sent a guy out who was supposed to tell me about it and give me
an estimate (I had gotten the first one on the phone). He looked at it
and called someone on his cell phone for a long time. Then he asked
if we had anything to shock it. (no.) He said to fill it back up.
After that was done I called them back. They were to come out Friday
morning, but they didn't. I was gone Friday afternoon and there was a
phone message saying that they had been out and now it was $200 to
pump it out and then they would "go from there".
On Mon, 27 Jul 2009 15:57:36 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
No, it is not leaking. It hasn't been used for three years so it is
pretty nasty. The water is full of algae. There are a lot of leaves,
etc in it and stains on the liner. The idea was to get it cleaned up
and back in shape to use.
Those are "worry words" for me. Is "go from there" meaning the wallet?
1) If not leaking - have the water tested (within one hour at a pool
2) Cleaning filters, etc, etc. Run the pump for clearing up the water
0.a) Fire the pool guy.
What does "not in good shape" actually mean?
We drained out all of the water except for about 3
I drained my pool using a submersible pump from Harbor Freight. I think
it cost about $50 on sale. It took two days, but I have very deep pool,
built back in the days when diving boards were the norm.
Remember that you have to drain the pool into a drain that goes into the
sewer, you can't drain it into a storm drain out on the street.
Do what I did. Cut down 5 trees, remove 35 box plants (shed leaves),
and several other plants. All away from the pool. No more leaves to
speak of, but a "few".
Some people I talk to cannot figure it out.
I even told the neighbor I would cut his tree branches, because they
were in my way..
Not much to it really. Drain it, clean it out, scrub the liner best
you can and fill it back up. Make sure your pump still works and
clean out your filter.
The pool store can check your water for you and sell you whatever
chemicals you need to get the chemistry right again.
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